After installing the new hd. what kind of software will I need to have to load windows on it?
The software sold by Microsoft.
Either a Retail full version or
an OEM version.
Avoid Restore CDs (as you mentioned) because they are specific to individual machines.
Avoid Upgrade CDs because they require a previous version of windows already installed on HD.
Avoid "Copies of OEM or Retail" because the license key code is probable not available to use
when you need to update the win98, win2000, winME or winXP.
win98SE or win2000pro stand out as probably the best fit.
Although I have used winXP on old (like AMD K6) PCs successfully,
it really kinda needs 256 MB RAM to work well (128 RAM is a published minimum)
and better than 400mhz cpu speed.
The trick is having nothing on the HD that might foul things up.
Thats where the DigitalDolly comes in. (but, the install CD can do that for you too.)
Probably you'll plug the HD in,
jumper it properly and cable it right.
Put the Digital Dolly CD in the CD-ROM tray. -OR-
Put the used win98SE (or whichever) CD in the CD-ROM tray.
A black background with simple white typestyle lettering screen will face you.
You might see that Seagate 20gb HD identified. If your quick.
It might immediately change to the contents of your Digital Dolly CD. -OR-
It might immediately change to the contents of your install CD.
Meaning it was set already to "boot from CD" before "boot from HD".
If not, it'll stay at the "DOS" type screen,
a blinking something will begin to annoy you.
Clues will be evident about what to do next.
Probably start up again while tapping on the DEL key, for instance.
That would open it to another screen ... the BIOS screen.
Using the keyboard (no mouse yet) up/down arrow keys and ENTER key you'll
highlight & select options.
The boot sequence can be changed here if it "hung" with the CD in the tray.
So, the CD install disk working right,
you'll follow prompts to repartition & reformat that Seagate 20gb HD.
Then you watch it load files for an hour or less. -OR-
You will have done other stuff with DigitalDolly
and then done the install routine discribed briefly.
Then you see the desktop, and you'll want to have a PCI modem already in place to get online with.
If you put a new one in, about 15.00, you'll have it's install CD to use for new drivers.
Probably use a CD like AOL or Earthlink and your phone line to finish the job of going online.
Go directly to windows update web site and prove you got a genuine product.
Now you get updated.
I'll leave it there for now. Semi-confusion can be expected at this point.
Post regarding questions or to say "I got the CD I need", OK?
Edited by phawgg, 01 February 2006 - 04:40 AM.